Today is the 98th birthday of the Charlie Brown illustrator Charles Schulz. The world is a better place because Charles was in it and still feels that loss that Charles has left.
NAME: Charles Schulz
OCCUPATION: Writer, Illustrator
DATE OF BIRTH: November 26, 1922
DATE OF DEATH: February 12, 2000
PLACE OF BIRTH: Minneapolis, Minnesota
PLACE OF DEATH: Santa Rosa, California
REMAINS: Buried, Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Sebastopol, CA
CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
RUBEN AWARD 1955
REUBEN AWARD 1964
GRAND MARSHAL of the Tournament of Roses 1974
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME 7021 Hollywood Blvd (television)
BEST KNOWN FOR: Charles Schulz was the creator and cartoonist behind Peanuts, a globally popular comic strip that expanded into TV, books and other merchandise.
Cartoonist and creator of the Peanuts comic strip Charles Schulz was born on November 26, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Schulz developed an interest in comics early on. As a teenager, he learned the art of cartooning from a correspondence course.
After serving in World War II, Schulz worked as an art instructor and created his first comic strip, Li’l Folks, which was published in a local newspaper. He sold the comic strip to United Feature Syndicate in 1950, and the company retitled it Peanuts.
Peanuts became one of the world’s most successful strips, and has been adapted for television and stage. Schulz based the Charlie Brown character on himself and the inspiration for Snoopy came from a childhood pet.
Illness and Death
In December 1999, Schulz retired from cartooning, citing health problems. His final daily Peanuts newspaper strip appeared on January 3, 2000, and his Sunday Peanuts strip ran on February 7, 2000. A few days later, on February 12, Schulz died at his home in Santa Rosa, California, from colon cancer.
After his death, Schulz received several honors, including the Congressional Gold Medal from the U.S. Congress in 2001.